Clariant International Ltd is a world leader in performance chemicals with annual sales of CHF 6.37 billion in 2017 (¥ 713.9 billion) and approximately 18,000 employees worldwide. The company is headquartered near Basel, Switzerland. Clariant manufactures a wide range of specialty chemicals based largely on pigment, surfactant and polymer chemistry. The company supplies chemicals for many industries including packaging, plastics, printing, coatings, oil & gas, mining, personal & industrial care and metalworking.
Following the appointment last year of the company’s new Head of Patents and Licensing for all business areas outside Catalysis, a new opportunity has arisen for a well-qualified and commercially-orientated patent counsel to join their team in Frankfurt.
The new patent counsel will provide IP management, counselling and support for Clariant in Germany to ensure the creation, maintenance and defence of a strong patent position to safeguard Clariant’s market position in alignment with the IP department and broader company strategy. The successful candidate will build effective relationships with R&D scientists, senior management, legal and business teams in Germany, as well as across Clariant’s global operations.
Responsibilities will therefore include but not be limited to:
• Harvesting inventions, and drafting and prosecuting the resulting patents, instructing and overseeing outside counsel where necessary;
• Proactively supporting R&D projects and preparing freedom-to-operate opinions;
• Devising strategy for and driving oppositions at the European Patent Office;
• Coordinating patent litigation worldwide to defend and enforce Clariant’s patent rights;
• Drafting and negotiating IP aspects of technology-related agreements.
The successful candidate will ideally possess:
• A strong academic background in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering;
• Full qualification as a European Patent Attorney;
• Five to ten years’ experience in intellectual property matters;
• A firm understanding of strategic considerations beyond traditional patent work;
• Fluency in English. German would also be advantageous.